When we moved to Crystal Lake in 1958, I was a junior in high school and my sister was a freshman.
Our family had lived in Maryland, Utah and New York State before coming here.
We were astounded that the Crystal Lake High School system charged for books.
They were free in the other three states.
Now, two days after a new high school board majority backed by the teacher union was elected, defeating candidates who said they would cut taxes, District 155 send an email to parents telling them fees were going up.
As a former employee of the United States Bureau of the Budget (now the Office of Management and Budget), I know that one can balance a budget buy cutting expenses or raising revenue.
The High School Board obviously decided on raising revenue.
Here is the announcement:
D155 Student Fee Increases
by Shannon Podzimek in
Recently, district administration completed an examination of all student fees.
The student fee structure also was compared to surrounding districts in the area.
The board, using its public committee forums, met about the student fee structure and were mindful of how the fee increases would affect our families.
During the March board meeting, the board approved a student fee structure for the next three years, which includes increases from
- $155 to $225 in 2017-18 and
- 2018-19, and
- $225 to $255 in 2019-20.
There will be a discounted rate for those families that pay the fee prior to the first day of school.
During our analysis of the fee structure, D155 was one of the only districts in the area to not charge an athletic fee.
Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, the board approved a $50 athletic fee.
Additionally, the board also instituted student and family maximums to assist families whose students’ participate in multiple sports and/or have multiple student-athletes.
The athletic fee will increase by $25 in 2018-19 and again in 2019-20.
Individual and family maximums will increase accordingly.
Families who qualify and apply for fee waivers will not need to pay registration or athletic fees.